archive: Re: SETI Lay Response to Recent Discussion

Re: SETI Lay Response to Recent Discussion

Malcolm Mallette ( mallettem@tcon.net )
Tue, 25 Aug 1998 20:51:10 -0500

willcox@voicenet.com wrote:
>
> Fellow collaborators in amateur SETI,
>
> The recent discussions on the open SETI list has brought much to mind ;-)
> It has been fascinating to hear some of the debate of the
> professionals in the related fields! I had some idea of the issues, mostly
> to determine my approach to the problems we are all aware of. Sensitivity and
> integration time have been my greatest concern, and now RFI as I see more
> data.
> I have enjoyed this project immensely! I recommend it to anyone.
> I had not appreciated before how happy I am to be an amateur in this field!
> I have reflected on the peculiar nature of the SETI premise, and
> as a result am happy to labor to perfect an instrument of badly limited
> sensitivity. As an analogy it would be indefensible to do Xray diffraction
> studies
> with a Geiger-Mueller tube, but not to listen to space with a somewhat deaf
> receiver:
> Question, What energies do we expect? Insert answer here_____.
> Years ago I worked for months on a project to develop an
> instrument to detect hydroxyl radicals with a photomultiplier using a
> photon producing enzyme.
> For weeks we all saw a quenching effect, the reverse of the prevailing
> models of the chemical kinetics. To look into this backwards result,
> an order of magnitude more reproducible than the expected photon
> production, was not appropriate for our grant, just mention in the papers. We
> investigated it in our own time, and as a result can detect cancers beyond the
> resolution of radiological techniques. The method is a success.
> We in the SETI League are on our own time.
> Paul and other professionals are exploring the obvious limitations of our
> instruments, and considering the next generation approaches, as are we all.
> Nuff said.
>
> John Willcox
> 40 00 00 N
> 75 30 30 W
>
> Project Argus Observatory FN20fa
>

And, by adding a power divider in the feedline from the antenna, or
after the inside RF amp, you can attach a total power receiver and do
wideband RA, making RA observations while you do seti!!

Malcolm Mallette